Top Ten Songs with Mistakes that Were Left in the Final Version

Most of the time, musicians strive for perfection, and in a modern world rife with Pro Tools, pitch correction, and quantization, record executives place more emphasis on having every little flaw nipped, tucked, and sewed. However, sometimes mistakes are left in, either accidentally or on purpose. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 Roxanne - The Police

At the beginning of the song, you can hear Sting accidentally sitting down on a piano and laughing about his mistake. - Gg2000

Haha, yes. Sting said he hit the piano keys while trying to cover up a fart. - Metal_Treasure

Totally this one! - LightningStrike

2 Eminence Front - The Who

The backing vocals in the first line of the chorus are off by a syllable from the lead vocals. - Gg2000

3 The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite - R.E.M.

You can hear Michael Stipe laughing in the chorus after he sings the line about Dr. Seuss. Apparently, he always pronounced it as "Dr. Zeus", and he tried to get it right when they recorded it. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), he couldn't pull it off with a straight face. - Gg2000

4 Tangerine - Led Zeppelin

You can hear Jimmy Page flub the intro and start over. - Gg2000

5 Love Shack - The B-52's

When the whole band drops out in the middle, vocalist Cindy Wilson shouts "Tin roof! Rusted! ". She came in early, but the band liked the way it sounded, so they kept it. - Gg2000

6 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen

Jack Ely, the lead singer, says the word "see" too early, but the drummer manages to cover it up with a drum fill. - Gg2000

7 You're Beautiful - James Blunt

James says the opening phrase "My life is brilliant" twice. The first one would be removed from radio edits. - Gg2000

8 I'm Free - The Rolling Stones

The whole band gets off tempo during the third chorus, but they soon recover. - Gg2000

9 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles

In the last verse of the song, Paul gets the lines mixed up, singing "Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face and in the evening she still sings it with the band". Apparently, he liked the way it sounded. - Gg2000

10 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day

In the album version, you can hear Billie Joe Armstrong screw up the intro and say the f-word. They edited it out from the radio and music video versions (for obvious reasons). - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Shotgun - George Ezra

He burps right before the second verse

12 Never Meant - American Football

The studio recording of the song begins with the band starting to play early, and then stopping to start over. Before completely starting the song over, a short banter between some of the band members can be heard where someone asks if they're all ready, and if they should keep their mess-up in the recording. - The_Crimson_King

13 Bebe - 6ix9ine

The whole song is a mistake - oneshot

14 Hey Jude - The Beatles

He says "F***in' hell" in the background - Maddox121

15 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

Gg2000 I added this one because he laughs when he says "Banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee".

What exactly is the mistake? - Gg2000

16 Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan comes in late during the last verse, but the band is able to adjust. This has happened in a couple other songs, too. - Gg2000

17 Polly - Nirvana

Kurt Cobain starts off the third verse too early and sings the words "Polly said" before the verses starts (which actually starts with "Polly says" on top). - Martin_Canine

18 Zero F**** Given - Sinners are Winners

In the single version, Dahvie Vanity says in the spoken segment "develop an inability to not care about someone's opinion over you", which of course is a double negative. He must have realized his mistake, as on the album version, the "not" suddenly disappeared without further explanation. - Martin_Canine

19 You Know You're Right - Nirvana

Kurt's voice cracks a lot. - JCHOW

20 Beach House - The Chainsmokers

It says that at the start.

- TheDuttyGyal

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